The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.
Great fire in the city, October 1890
Disastrous fire that broke out at the printers Gibbs, Shallard & Co's premises in Hosking Place on the northern side of Moore Street on the morning of 2 October 1890. The surrounding city block, almost an hectare, was also destroyed, including a large number of warehouses and office buildings. With the destruction of so many buildings, the opportunity was taken to widen Moore Street, the first step to creating Martin Place.